Latin Name: Blattella asahinai Mizukubo
What Are Asian Cockroaches?
Not to be confused with the oriental cockroach, Asian cockroaches are typically smaller than an inch in size, ranging from a tan to dark brown shade in color. They closely resemble German cockroaches, however, they can be identified by their pronotal (the pronotum is the exterior plate-like structure covering the thorax) stripes, which are darker and more defined. Asian cockroaches are considered to be among the fastest flying cockroach species, capable of flying 4.5 feet per second when taking flight. This enables them to quickly cover short distances and invade homes or seek out food sources.
The Asian Cockroach Life Cycle
The life cycle of the Asian cockroach is like that of the German cockroach. It consists of three stages: egg, nymph, and adult. Eggs hatch into nymphs, which molt several times before becoming adults. Females typically live about 100 days, whereas males only live about 50.
Where are Asian Cockroaches Found?
Asian cockroaches are commonly found in the southeastern United States, particularly outdoors in shaded and moist environments such as grass, mulch, compost piles, gardens, and shrubbery. Despite preferring outdoor habitats, they can establish populations inside homes, often entering through open or unsealed doors and windows. These pests are especially active after sunset, during the spring and summer months, and are attracted to light-colored surfaces such as walls, doors, windows, lampshades, and electronic screens.
How Do I Get Rid of an Asian Cockroach Infestation?
If you notice Asian cockroaches in your home, the best course of action is to call your local pest control company! An Asian cockroach infestation is normally easy to treat with the help of professionals.
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